If ever you feel slightly pessimistic about the future, remember that there are brilliant young people out there who are willing to take charge and develop solutions to the world’s great challenges. 16 year-old Evie Sobczak from St. Petersburg, Florida has engineered a new method of turning algae into biofuel. She determined a novel and more efficient way to grow the organisms, extract oil, and use the product as biodiesel. Her method uses no chemicals, and creates 20 percent more oil than current technologies. Her efforts won her first place at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair.
If you’ve always wanted to create cute soft toys but you don’t have enough experience to draft your own patterns, fear not! There are adorable little kits available from Cupcakes for Clara that allow you to make endearing felt friends with ease. There are several different kit options to choose from, with choices ranging from plush toys and finger puppets, to key chain friends. Each set includes everything you need to fashion the critter — including wool felt, cotton sewing thread, embroidery floss, stuffing, needle, and of course, the pattern and instructions. The only thing you’ll need on hand is a pair of scissors. The finger puppet sets are available in bird and kitten varieties, while the key ring kits come in the options of a snail or a cupcake. For the soft, round, chubby toys, you can choose from a lion, kitten, piglet, rabbit, sparrow, bluebird, chick or robin.
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The Venezuelan government might soon be banning baby bottles in an effort to encourage breastfeeding and to keep infants off of formula. Shocking though it may seem, the proposed legislation would prohibit the use of all types of baby bottles as a way to improve childrens’ health and encourage the close bond between mom and baby. “We want to increase the love (between mother and child) because this has been lost as a result of these transnational companies selling formula,” legislator Odalis Monzon of the Venezuelan Socialist Party said on state television on Thursday as reported by Reuters. Monzon also mentioned that the Law for the Promotion and Support for Breastfeeding, passed in 2007, did not establish any sanctions for using formula.
Crispy and very tasty, these nibbles will melt in your mouth and are a great way to include healthy algaes into your diet. Sea vegetables are an excellent source of iodine, iron, calcium and vitamin K, as well as a very good source of the B-vitamin folate and magnesium, so it’s worth to give them a go! Eat them warm, take them to the office or munch them away through the day, they are fun, quick and simple to make, and you will only need three ingredients: nori sheets, sesame oil and sesame seeds.
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England’s ‘Play Streets’ Initiative Shuts Down Streets so Kids are Free to Play in their Neighborhoodby Jennifer Chait, 06/17/13 filed under: eco play, green family, green kids
An outstanding new initiative called Play Streets has just launched in Reading, a large town in Berkshire, England. Though an ocean away, this locale’s bright idea is something many communities worldwide should try to imitate and implement. The concept behind Play Streets is to close down a street for a set time in order to allow children to play safely on their own street with friends who live nearby (Yep, just like how we used to play in our neighborhoods as kids). For adults, the program offers the added opportunity to get to know their neighbors. A Play Street can be created for up to three hours, on any day of the week, and up to once every fortnight — giving kids some free time without parents having to worry that they’re running around with cars. Inhabitants of residential neighborhoods can fill out an application requesting to participate. Due to the nature of the program, applicants must collect supporting signatures from about two-thirds of all residents who live on the street. The program will be running as a trial for one year, but hopefully Play Streets will be a success and will continue indefinitely. This program is a great way to help increase childhood activity while allowing kids to simply be kids. Wouldn’t you love to see a program like this in your community?
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